Abstract

In this work, we experimentally demonstrate a 200% enhancement of terahertz (THz) wave amplitude generated by femtosecond laser filamentation in air. The experimental setup simply uses a semicircular phase plate to generate two parallel filaments. Temporally overlapped THz pulses from two filaments coherently add up, giving rise to significant enhancement of the THz pulse amplitude. It has been foreseen that further enhancement would be achieved if the design of phase plates could be optimized to generate a filament array. This simple method makes full use of the laser energy and could potentially open a new approach to remotely enhance the THz emission in air.

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